Divya Kumar - Higher Education Reporter

Higher Education Reporter

I cover higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a college-, university- or higher education-related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. The District Six Medical Examiner serving Pinellas and Pasco counties is headquartered in the Forensic Science Center, 10900 Ulmerton Road, in Largo.
  2. The University of Florida announced Friday it has ended all spending on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in response to new state policy.
  3. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The National Association of University Professors has sanctioned the school, saying its new leaders have made changes "without meaningful faculty involvement."
  4. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and author who survived the Holocaust, gives a speech titled "On the Threshold of the 21st Century" at Eckerd College on Feb. 9, 1994, in St. Petersburg. Wiesel called for an end to violence, telling a packed auditorium that man's inhumanity to man cannot continue. He was a visiting professor at Eckerd for years before he died in 2016.
  5. Carol and Frank Morsani laugh as they address the audience during a surprise event honoring them for their contributions to the area during a luncheon at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in downtown Tampa.
  6. Students walk the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, one of 12 state universities and 28 colleges covered under the Florida Prepaid program. The program announced it is lowering prices and offering refunds.
  7. A rendering of the Bellini Center for the Arts is positioned near the construction site of the facility during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at Tampa Catholic High School. The $17.6 million center will be largely funded with a $15 million gift from philanthropists Arnie and Lauren Bellini.
  8. Students walk through Turlington Plaza on University of Florida campus on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Gainesville. At UF and the state's 11 other public universities, sociology will no longer be offered as an option to fulfill state requirements.
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Republican presidential primary debate on Nov. 8, 2023, in Miami, where he told voters he acted to shut down a pro-Palestinian student group on Florida university campuses. In federal court, his lawyers backed away from that characterization.
  10. The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved a proposal by Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. to remove sociology as one of the core courses available to Florida college students.
  11. Comedian Jay Leno stopped for lunch at The Nona Slice House in Safety Harbor on Saturday.
  12. A jury found a dental assistant not guilty of sexual assault charges.
  13. A 12-year-old student was arrested for threatening a school shooting.
  14. State University System Chancellor Ray Rodrigues answers questions from Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, during a legislative subcommittee meeting on Wednesday.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.
  16. Jan. 9• The Education Gradebook
    J. Scott Angle has been named UF's provost after five months in the interim role.
  17. Jessica Starr, left, and her mother, Sarah Starr, share a laugh after walking the stage during the University of South Florida's fall 2023 commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.
  18. Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg has been named the 11th president of the University of Tampa.
  19. Visitors listen to speakers at Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in August 2014. The school's first president, Randy Avent, will leave at the end of the 2023-24 academic year, opening the way for a successor.
  20. Henry Reichman, of the American Association of University Professors, speaks at a news conference on Wednesday in Tallahassee. Reichman is co-chairperson of a special committee convened by the association to investigate political interference and academic freedom in Florida.
  21. Rhea Law, left, began 2023 with her inauguration as the University of South Florida's eighth president, a moment captured in this Jan. 19 photo. She ends the year with a $300,000 performance bonus awarded Tuesday by the university's board of trustees.
  22. From left in front row, activists Chrisley Carpio, Laura Rodriguez, Lauren Pineiro and their attorney, Michelle Lambo, attend a news conference on May 17 in Tampa. Carpio, Rodriguez and Pineiro are members of a group known as the Tampa 5 who faced charges after a physical clash with USF campus police in March. They reached an agreement with prosecutors on Tuesday. Not pictured are group members Gia Davila and Jeanie Kida.
  23. University of South Florida President Rhea Law, center, and USF board of trustees chairperson Will Weatherford, right, talk with reporters after Law was named president on March 22, 2022 in Tampa. On Tuesday, the two spoke about campus free speech controversies that have arisen since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.